Shortcuts in Alteryx Designer

Last modified: September 23, 2021

This page describes shortcuts in Alteryx Designer, categorized by keyboard, magnification, mouse, and mouse keys.



Go to Keyboard Navigation in Designer for additional information and details about keyboard navigation in Alteryx Designer.

Keyboard: Navigate Designer

Action Shortcut
Select the tool palette.* Ctrl + Shift + T
Select the Overview window. Ctrl + Shift + V
Select the Results window. Ctrl + Shift + G
Select the Configuration window. Ctrl + Shift + C
Select the canvas.** Ctrl + Shift + W
Select the Interface Designer window. Ctrl + Shift + D

*Learn about additional navigation options for the tool palette at Keyboard Navigation in Designer.

**Learn about additional navigation options for the tool canvas at Keyboard Navigation in Designer.

Keyboard: Select and Align Tools

Action Shortcut
Select all items. Ctrl + A
Deselect all selected items. Ctrl + D
Align tools horizontally. Ctrl + Shift + -
Align tools vertically. Ctrl + Shift + +
Show the system menu. Alt + Space

Keyboard: Move and Delete Tools

Action Shortcut
Move the selected tool. Up, Down, Left, Right arrow keys.
Delete the selected tool. Delete

Keyboard: Scroll and Pan the Canvas

Action Shortcut
Scroll vertically in the canvas. Scroll Function
Pan the canvas. Space Bar + Left Click

Keyboard: Show and Hide Tools and Windows

Action Shortcut
Show or hide the tool palette. Ctrl + Alt + T
Show or hide the Overview window. Ctrl + Alt + V
Show or hide the Results window. Ctrl + Alt + R
Show or hide the Configuration window. Ctrl + Alt + C
Show or hide the Interface Designer. Ctrl + Alt + D
Show the Find tab of the Find and Replace window. Ctrl + F
Show the Replace tab of the Find and Replace window. Ctrl + H

Keyboard: Run, Open, Save, and Switch Workflows

Action Shortcut
Run workflow or stop workflow from running. Ctrl + R
Open workflow. Ctrl + O
Close open workflow. Ctrl + F4
Save workflow. Ctrl + S
Save all open workflows. Ctrl + Shift + S
New workflow. Ctrl + N
Move between open workflows. Ctrl + Tab

Keyboard: Undo, Redo, Copy, Cut, and Paste

Action Shortcut
Undo Ctrl + Z
Redo Ctrl + Y
Copy Ctrl + C
Cut Ctrl + X
Paste Ctrl + V

Keyboard: Other Shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Open the help page for the selected tool. F1
Open the Annotation window for the selected tool. F2
Close Designer. Alt + F4
Add a Browse tool after selected tools. If the selected tool has multiple outputs, a Browse tool is added for each. Ctrl + Shift + B
When on the canvas, open the context menu depending on the selected item (canvas, tool, or connection). Shift + F10


Action Shortcut
Zoom in or out. Ctrl + + or -
Zoom to or from cursor. Ctrl + Scroll Function
Zoom to entire workflow. Ctrl + 0
Zoom to entire workflow. Double-click mouse center button.
Jump to selection. Ctrl + 0
Zoom to expand sizing. Ctrl + 1 through 5
Zoom to area. Right-click and drag to select with magnifying glass.

Mouse: Pan Canvas and Reopen Configuration Window

Action Shortcut
Pan the canvas using the mouse. Hold the mouse center button.
Reopen the Configuration window after you closed it. Double-click the canvas or any tool.

Mouse: Zoom In and Out of Workflow: Right-Click Context Menu

Action Shortcut: Right-Click Context Menu, then...
Zoom in. Select Zoom > Select Zoom In
Zoom to normal. Select Zoom > Select Zoom Normal
Zoom out. Select Zoom > Select Zoom Out
Zoom to entire workflow. Select Zoom > Select All
Zoom to selection. Select Zoom > Select Selected Tools
Zoom to container. Select Zoom > Select Container Name
Mouse Keys

Mouse Keys: Move and Delete Tools

Action Shortcut
Move selected tool. Arrow Key
Move selected tool by one pixel. Ctrl + Arrow Key

Mouse Keys: Scroll and Pan the Canvas

Action Shortcut
Scroll vertically in the canvas. Scroll Function
Scroll horizontally in the canvas. Shift + Scroll Function
Move up, down, left, or right of the canvas. Arrow Keys
Skip up, down, left, or right of the canvas. Shift + Arrow Keys
Jump to the top or bottom of the canvas. Home or End
Jump to the left or right of the canvas. Shift + Home or End


Action Shortcut
Example: F1 to go to Help. Select a specific tool in your workflow and select the F1 key to go to that tool's specific help page. Otherwise, select the area around your workflow, the canvas, and select the F1 key to go to the Designer help page.
Example: F5 to refresh your workflow.

Use the F5 key to refresh the tool configurations when your incoming data source has been updated externally, and the metadata has changed.

If the Disable Auto Configure option has been selected in the User Settings, select the F5 key to manually refresh the tool configurations. Close the Finished running window by using the Space bar.

Example: Activate menu and select the menu item. Alt + select underlined menu letter

Example: Open one or more files.

  1. Open a workflow file (*.yxmd, *.yxwz, *.yxmc) directly in a new tab on the workflow canvas.
  2. Open a data file as a configured Input Data tool.
  3. Drag files from Files Explorer directly to the canvas.

Example: Copy and paste a tool's color value to another tool. 

If you have selected a tool's Background Color (such as R=73, G=248, B=113) and you would like to use this same color for another tool's background color, you can copy and paste this color value.

  1. Select inside the box containing the color values, and select Ctrl + C to copy the color values.
  2. Select inside another color box, and select Ctrl + V to paste the color values.
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